Functional imaging of the thoracic outlet syndrome in an open MR scanner
2000 (English)In: European Radiology, ISSN 0938-7994, Vol. 10, no 4, 597-600 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Symptoms due to thoracic outlet syndrome may present only in abduction, a position that cannot be investigated in conventional MR scanners. Therefore, this study was initiated to test MRI in an open magnet as a method for diagnosis of thoracic outlet syndrome. Ten volunteers and 7 patients with a clinical suspicion of thoracic outlet syndrome were investigated at 0.5 T in an open MR scanner. Sagittal 3D SPGR acquisitions were made in 0 and 90░abduction. In the patients, a similar data set was also obtained in maximal abduction. To assess compression, the minimum distance between the first rib and the clavicle, measured in a sagittal plane, was determined. In the neutral position, no significant difference was found between patients and controls. In 90░abduction, the patients had significantly smaller distance between rib and clavicle than the controls (14 vs 29 mm, p <0.01). On coronal reformatted images, the compression of the brachial plexus could often be visualised in abduction. Functional MR examination seems to be a useful diagnostic tool in thoracic outlet syndrome. Examination in abduction, which is feasible in an open scanner, is essential for the diagnosis.
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2000. Vol. 10, no 4, 597-600 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27146Local ID: 11794OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-27146DiVA: diva2:247697